iPad Book Apps (page 5)

MACBETH by Luminary Digital Media
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A fine app version of the play, though one best suited for serious students and performers. (Requires iPad 2 and above.)"
A deluxe scholarly treatment of the Scottish play that isn't always intuitive but is filled with riches. Read full book review >
SOS DINOS IN DISTRESS by Audois & Alleuil Editions
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"At last, an answer to an age-old mystery. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A boastful young sleuth obliviously aids a group of disguised dinosaurs in this brisk and hilarious tale. Read full book review >

NOA'S STARS by Hanneke van der Meer
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"The story's leisurely pace, relaxing music and starry theme make it a good pre-bedtime choice. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A winning, gentle adventure about a pint-sized aviator's star-gathering is marred only by some minor problems in the app's text. Read full book review >
THE LONELY BEAST 123 by Chris Judge
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"Even numerate children can count on being entertained by this tongue-in-cheek companion to The Lonely Beast ABC (2013). (iPad counting app. 2-4)"
A day at the Beast's house, from opening 1 curtain in the morning to counting 12 sheep that night. Read full book review >
developed by StoryToys
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"The bright colors, unusually vigorous animation and variety of digital games will spark many a 'Yo Ho Ho!' (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Buckling swash to the max, doughty Princess Isabel sets out on a pirate adventure positively awash in tap- and tilt-activated action. Read full book review >

THE GARDEN by Ishion Hutchinson
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Despite the advanced platform, this is clearly more artistry than technology, thoughtfully applied to a text for which it works perfectly."
Caribbean author Hutchinson's epic poem sprawls across a desultory dreamscape filled with unsuspecting power, scope and sweep. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"An upbeat, well-designed outing with options aplenty to engage budding musicians. Eminently danceable, too. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad holiday app. 6-9)"
Another interactive music app from the creators of Mibblio (2013)—this one a single song (with a holiday theme) rather than a "freemium" platform for in-app purchases. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"Young readers—who can absorb the story in 'Autoplay' mode—won't miss anything in the new version, and older readers may come to appreciate Loud Crow's mix of old and new after repeated readings. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
A faithful and enjoyable, if at times over-busy, adaptation of the 1973 television special. Read full book review >
ROMAN RUINS by Historvius
developed by Historvius
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Altogether, an inviting start and worth a place on the iPads of classics buffs and armchair (and actual) travelers to the ancient Roman world."
Ephesus, the Maison Carrée, the Forum: an attractive app (though still in need of some work) that explores 350 important archaeological sites of the ancient Roman world. Read full book review >
AWA, YOU DREAM TOO MUCH by Michel Digout
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Quibbles aside, a terrific depiction of a young mind slipping off into vivid daydreams. Young readers will be hard put not to follow. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
An African village child's flights of imagination soar even higher thanks to exemplary art, narration and animation. Read full book review >
THE BIG WORD FACTORY by Agnès de Lestrade
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Budding language nerds or anyone who's a sucker for a humble little love story won't have trouble finding the right word for this app: 'delightful.' (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
There's nary a word wasted in this love letter to the power and beauty of individual words. Read full book review >
BEAN'S NIGHT by Sarah Hines Stephens
Released: Oct. 20, 2013

"Not as chewable as the originals, but the enhancements are expertly integrated rather than just tacked on and will welcome rather than overwhelm the target audience. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-2)"
Comfy-cozy digital version of a board book (one of a 1998 trio) featuring a black cat and a squeaky toy mouse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >